Saturday, 1 June 2019

A window to winter

Today in our part of the world it is the first day of winter and as I write this it is all quiet in the house. Larry has gone to the football so my afternoon is just for me to do what I love best.......
 Yes.....I am creating some new work with inspiration from a chintz petticoat dating from 1750...more of that in the coming months! I have also basted a quilt (with the help of good friends), in preparation for some long stitch quilting using perle cottons...but first I thought I should machine quilt close to all the appliqué.....it certainly keeps one warm with the quilting gloves on....
 I also have a pile of hospice and charity baby quilts all ready for hand stitching the bindings. I work in a small room 3 metres (9 feet) x 3.8 metres (12 feet), and my sewing tables, cutting space, computer, printer and filing cabinet are in this space as well so I wondered where I could store the pile of quilts.........
Some years ago I picked up a very cheap stool covered in an equally cheap fabric, so I decided to give it a new cover with fabric leftover from our curtains and it has worked a treat for storing those quilts......


When Larry gets home he will be in either a good or bad mood depending on the football score (!!), where his winter tapestry is waiting where he left it........ 
I noticed Larry's other pastime has remained where he left it on the table as well.......
 Meanwhile that window to winter means it is very chilly with mornings around 5C and during the day pushing to 14C (if the sun comes out!). We have had some wonderful rain but the forecast tells us there will be no rain for at least a week now........
Our ornamental pear trees have showed no autumn colours this year and are still holding on to their leaves and the ground is covered in self sown seedlings that will become a mass of pink flowers in spring......
 This gorgeous (and very large), chrysanthemum that I received for Mother's Day is still blooming inside and I've noticed shoots appearing in the pot so that might find a home in the garden too....... 
 There has been a little sadness in our lives this past week and that coincidentally follows on from my last blog post where I chatted about 'love being enough'.......we have had the news that love was not enough for the parents of little Wade and that they have gone their separate ways. We are hoping that things work out for the best and continue to support them all as best we can......
 The other half of the family are looking forward to the final year of four long years of study for their Dad. Maisie turns five in July but has to wait until next year before she can start school. She can already write and I was thrilled to get this kindy art work where she wrote both our names......
 We try to get the three cousins together as often as we can and Beau and Wade definitely have a special connection......this photo was taken at a much warmer time of year!......
We are heading to our beloved Robe in a few days for a much needed break so for now I hope you can follow the Dalai's inspirational words like I am..........

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Love is enough

Is Love enough? William Morris wrote a poem  'Love is Enough' and his daughter May recorded that it was in November 1872 "that it appeared" and this is the first verse.........

Love is enough: though the World be a-waning,
And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,
Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover
The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,
Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder
And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass'd over,
Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;
The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter
These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.


You can read more of May's words in this online version of her father's prose by clicking HERE. Even H&M capitalised on his poem with their recent fashion line...... 
I read of an opinion somewhere that perhaps love isn't enough......I am sure compatibility is essential and our Bureau of Statistics tells us that sadly one in three marriages end in divorce. But the Beatles still claimed that love is enough in their iconic song 'All you need is love'......
So it would seem we are blessed and I feel so lucky that I found the love of my life 43 years ago. We celebrated our 41st wedding anniversary on Monday and decided to visit the autumn colours of Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens. It was a cool day but an invigorating walk despite the knees seizing up going down a steep hill! The colours have almost gone but it is our favourite time of year.....



























 We finished our day with a celebratory drink at the award winning Crafers Hotel that also happens to use a bit of Morris art in their logo.........


 They have a small room decorated in Morris's Compton wallpaper but it was really John Henry Dearle who drew the design for Morris. We sat in front of a roaring fire and I had the most wonderful local gin.......








 On Friday we shared a little more love at Emily's workplace for the annual Biggest Morning Tea raising funds for the Cancer Council and Emily was thrilled that she raised over $1,600! Brett baked lots of sweet goodies and Emily made the marshmallow cups and the entire spread was well received.......
 I did a platter of savouries.......
 and donated some of my hand stitched goodies for the raffle........
 including some of those rope bowls....
 Emily is amazing how she has managed this event for so many years on her day off from full time nursing. Someone managed to snap this image of Emily and myself chatting to the hospital's Director of Nursing and if you look carefully you will see little Maisie hugging my legs!!.......
So wouldn't it be nice if there was a lot more love in the world? So I am sending some of it to you today and every day x